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UNIX Made Easy: The Basics & Beyond! Paperback – February 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0078821738 ISBN-10: 0078821738 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1061 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Osborne Media; 2nd edition (February 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0078821738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078821738
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,552,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This large book, written by a long-time Unix consultant and his staff, can serve as a fine in-house training guide and reference tool. By interspersing how-to information and reference tables with brief quizzes and exercises, the authors of Unix Made Easy make it more likely that readers will retain information. System administrators might want to think about giving or loaning this book to all Unix newbies under their care.

The guide opens with a quick tour of Unix that includes logging in, exploring directory structures, creating files, and other basic jobs. Then, the authors explain vi using conceptual drawings that are superior for a computer book. Unfortunately, Unix Made Easydoesn't cover other editors as well, although it provides plenty of details on and excellent conceptual drawings of editing aids grep, sed, and awk.

The book's final chapters teach individual tasks, such as printing, using online help, and using Motif. In the section about using the Internet, the exercises (such as using FTP to get a list of mailing lists) make the last part of this book as much a guide to the global network as a guide to Unix. Unix Made Easy covers only two Web browsers--Mosaic and Lynx--before wrapping up with an appetite-whetting taste of C and Korn shell programming and environment modification.

From the Back Cover

Learn UNIx from the Man who Makes it Clear and Easy. There's an easy way to learn UNIX that tens of thousands of people swear by--and you're about to experience it. In this updated edition of John Muster's popular guide to navigating UNIX, you'll learn step-by-step how to master this ultra-capable operating system! Muster, a professional educator, has created a guide that will quickly turn you into an old UNIX pro. . .no matter what your skill level! In clear, concise language, Muster brings you up to speed on all the UNIX essentials, from the basics to the latest and greatest features, including the Motif graphical interface and the Internet. In UNIX Made Easy: The Basics & Beyond, Second Edition, you'll begin working in UNIX immediately with Muster's hands-on tutorials. Then you'll discover how to tailor your environment, communicate with other users and systems, use a network, and surf the Internet with confidence. In no time, you'll be conversant in UNIX and using all its capabilities and latest features, including: Files and Directories; File Editing; Shells; Power utilities; Processes and permissions; Command-line syntax; The X Window system; Internet connectivity options; Current improvements of recent releases. Also included are tons of: Clear hands-on examples that demonstrate how to use UNIX; Tips and suggestions on using UNIX more efficiently for quicker results; Answers to the most common UNIX questions. Beginners will love easy-to-follow format and skill-building exercises. Intermediate and advanced users will gobble up the in-depth coverage of what's new in the latest version of UNIX. Packed with all the answers, this updated edition of the popular UNIX Made Easy demystifies UNIX and truly makes the details easy to learn. Everyone can benefit from Muster's vast experience and put UNIX to work immediately! shells;

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Customer Reviews

This book is very easy to understand and read.
Trang Bui
I for one benefited greatly from this book and higly recommend it to anyone that is intent on learning the UNIX/Linux system.
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After that, this book is all you will ever need.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pat LLoyd on September 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have been teaching with this book for many years, over 700 students. Class evaluations always rate the book very highly with comments about how clear explanations are. Students learn so much doing the exercises that class discussions are at a much higher level. We use this text in classroom and internet distance learning with great success. The few students over the years who had trouble in the class were trying to avoid doing the work by just looking up answers. That approach isnot effective because the book is built skill upon skill. Students must start at the beginning and actually do the work at the terminal. At first a few students tried to just read it. That approach did not work either. Now I make it very clear that the book is a detailed, hands-on, guide coupled with exact explanations. It must be worked through carefully, at the terminal. When students are willing to put in the effort and do that, they are well rewarded with knowledge and the ability to really do UNIX. I suspect the two reviewers who found the book difficult were not using it properly. My students love it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2001
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This book is seen as the essential learning tool around here. It guides us along without pain to the place where we are really quite confident and quite skilled. Clearly it must be used hands on -- at the terminal -- it gives instructions, then explanations in a way that knowledge and skills grow quickly. It is obvious that the authors know a lot about how people learn and how to support that learning.
Although not a reference book, command summaries are located at the ends of all chapters and the index is extensive allowing us to go back to look at a topic easily.
Can't understand why it isn't 5 stars from everyone. Lots of good concise reference books out there -- this one does not attempt to be that. This book is like a tutor, but costs a lot less.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Butterfield on July 14, 1999
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I have come back to this book more times then I can count. Its a great book for building basic Unix skills, and a nice introduction to shell programming. John is also an excellent teacher, and for anyone who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, look for Johns "Unix Made Easy" class at the UC Berekely Extension. Two thumbs up!
Now if we can just get John to write a book on system administration...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "gsibbery" on April 13, 2001
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This is an excellent tutorial for the absolute beginner. It assumes that you know nothing about UNIX, but that you do have access to a UNIX box and that you will be able to spend some time in front of it each day practicing the exercises given in the book. Most of the book is concerned with the command line, but you will be given a few exercises to do in regards to the X Windows system. The basic UNIX utilities are covered simply and adequately, the file system is covered in detail, as is text editing with vi. Near the end of the book, you are given some Bourne shell scripting exercises which are helpful in system configuration. this book does not cover installation and configuration and is definitely not intended for anyone with even a small measure of real-world experience with UNIX. Is basically a tutorial and nothing more, but will get you up to speed if you are 100% new to this OS.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "mark_morales2001" on April 10, 2003
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Before reading this book, I knew nothing about UNIX. Now that I've finished it, I am able to write code and understand how UNIX actually works. This is a great book for those that are planning to start a new career using UNIX or students that are taking UNIX in school for the first time. The author gives very good sample programs that are easy to understand along with step by step guidelines that shows readers how to use the UNIX utilities. This book is a very good buy!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
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This is a marvelous book for beginners. You get step-by-step instructions for the usual stuff, and easily readable and very informative chapters on some things not usually covered in beginner books, like network considerations and using awk. I would have gone insane were it not for this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2000
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I thought this was a great book for learning UNIX for some of the same reasons that other reviewers hated it. I liked his repeating a concept over from several angles at several different sections of the book. I liked his thousands of examples. I liked the fact that he mostly only empasized important features and not every little aspect of a command. I liked how fast I could read the book without getting bogged down in asoteric exercises in semantics of technical command descriptions. True, if you want a technical reference book on UNIX commands, this probably isn't the book for you. But I think this book truely fulfills it's title; it does make UNIX as easy as possible to learn.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 2000
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This text is a wonderful way to actually learn how to do unix. It told me what to type, explained what was going on, and gave me enough repitition to actually master the skills. The author anticipated my questions and mistakes. In less that a week I have become quite solid -- I can not only use the commands, I can solve problems. The text is not a cook book. It is a guided examination that I used at the terminal. Although not a reference book, the command summaries at the ends of the chapters made finding answers easy. The mix of hands on guidance and detailed explanations of the underlying structure was perfect for us.
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